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South Carolina Militia
McArthur to Haldane

Camp at Owensís Plantation
Decr. 25th 1780

Dear Sir

As my Lord CORNWALLIS may probably have heard that there was some firing Yesterday morning near Lislesís ford, please inform Him that I got Notice of it Yesterday between three & four in the Afternoon from A man who came in great Haste & fear & told me 30 or forty Shotts were fired near the ford;

I immediately Sent two trusty men to know the Cause, they came back early this morg. & brought me A letter from Capt. HILL of the Militia acquainting me it was a Party of Capt. GILLAMís Company of Militia who began so early to Celebrate Christmass by firing their Pieces & I have learned from the men Sent that the Militia had got Plenty of Rum which made them feel bold.

I am Dear HALDANE
Yours &c
Archd. McARTHUR


[Lieut. Henry HALDANE]



Great Britain, Public Record Office, Cornwallis Papers, PRO 30/11/4, folios 388-389.

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